American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A third party who has been notified that money or property in his or her hands but belonging to a defendant has been seized by legal writ.
- v. To seize by garnishment: garnishee a debtor's wages.
- v. To serve with a garnishment: garnishee an employer.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, a person warned, at the suit of a creditor plaintiff, not to pay money which he owes to, or deliver over property which belongs to, the defendant, because he is indebted to the plaintiff.
- In law, to stop in the hands of a third person, by legal process (money due or property belonging to the plaintiff's debtor), in order to require it to be paid over to plaintiff in satisfaction of his demand: as, to garnishee the wages of a debtor, or his bank account.
- n. law the person whose money is garnished
- v. transitive, law the act of attaching the property sought to be secured.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) One who is garnished; a person upon whom garnishment has been served in a suit by a creditor against a debtor, such person holding property belonging to the debtor, or owing him money.
- v. To make (a person) a garnishee; to warn by garnishment; to garnish.
- v. To attach (the fund or property sought to be secured by garnishment); to trustee.
- n. a wage earner who is served with a garnishment
- v. take a debtor's wages on legal orders, such as for child support
- A derivative word from garnish: from Germanic warnjan to guard: through Old French garnir: to Middle English (Wiktionary)
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